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10 September 2021   Issue 2444 © ULLAPOOL NEWS

This year Book Week Scotland will be celebrated in Ullapool with Ullaverse, a poetry trail around the village featuring work by some of the most exciting poets writing in Scotland today along with a few old favourites and work created especially for the event.
Ullaverse Poetry Competition: Categories: Under 16, 16 – 24, 25+
Theme: Celebration: £20 first prize for each category. Winning and commended poems will be included in the Ullaverse poetry trail. The competition is open to anyone residing within the catchment area of Ullapool High School.
Closing date: 30 September 2021.
How to enter: Email your entry to Lorraine Thomson at handaisland@btinternet.com with ‘Ullaverse’ in the subject line, or post to Lorraine Thomson, Roselea, Moss Road, Ullapool, IV26 2TF, marking the envelope ‘Ullaverse’.
Attach your entry as a .doc or .docx file. Include in the body of the email/covering note: your contact details, the category you are entering, and the title of your poem.
Entries will be judged anonymously, please do not include any identifying information on your entry.
The competition will be judged by Fiona MacDonald, Morven MacDonald, and Jon Miller.
The decision of the judges is final.
Ullaverse is supported by Ullapool Book Festival and the Scottish Book Trust.
#BookWeekScotland 15-21 Nov. 2021

Just so you know —

Ullapool once again has a Traffic Warden who is policing the village 9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday.


 Scotland’s unsung community heroes for Scotland’s People 2021

Do you know someone who deserves the nation’s thanks?   A person or group that has gone above & beyond to help others within their local community during 2021?  If so, we want to hear from you as Jackie Bird returns with Scotland’s People 2021.

Following on from its first outing last Christmas, BBC Scotland has commissioned a second programme which sees Jackie hit the road to meet the people and communities across Scotland who have pulled together to help others in need.

Last year she enlisted celebrity pals Ant and Dec, Billy Connolly, Joe Wicks, Mrs Brown, Jane McDonald and Andy Murray to celebrate the grassroots response of ordinary people in extraordinary times and this year the 1×60 factual entertainment programme will do the same with the help of some other famous faces.

Jackie, who was touched by the stories and experiences of those she met in last year’s programme said:

“It was a truly humbling experience meeting these unsung heroes last year – there were tears and laughter, as we shone a light on everything they had done for their local communities.  We want to do the same again this year – so we want to hear from those who want to say thank you for the all care and kindness they’ve received from those special people in their lives.  It’s as simple as that, so get nominating!”

To nominate your special person/community group please visit www.bbc.co.uk/scotlandspeople  Nominations are open now.

Scotland’s People 2021: A Thank You will be scheduled in December on BBC One Scotland and the BBC Scotland channel.

It is a Multiplatform Production for BBC Scotland.



We are excited to post that Ullapool and District Youth Group is now renting the hut at the back of the Village Hall as a dedicated youth space. This building started life as the Ullapool Youth Coffee Bar in 1998.  There has been a need for a long time for somewhere that young people can hang out, not just to attend a group, but also for those who live outwith the village, that they can have somewhere to go if they have other activities in the evening between school finishing and activity starting. Same for those in senior High School who may have blocks of free periods but can’t get home.  It has taken several years to find a suitable place again, but now we have a place that young people can use to socialise, learn new skills, have fun, get training and perhaps into employment all under the same roof.

Our aim is to have it open for High School pupils from 12-9pm Monday-Friday and it will be open some mornings for 16-25s for a digital skills project.  It will also be used on other mornings for one to ones and small groups with other professional services that support young people.

Thanks to Ullapool and District Youth Group (adult committee and young people), the former Youth Committee who built up the need for such a space, Ullapool Community Trust, Ullapool Village Hall, the Youth Work team & High Life Highland for sticking with it to make it happen.